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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Henry "Dad" Brown -- Confederate Soldier & Veteran Of Three American Wars

Only known photo of Henry "Dad" Brown United Confederate
Veterans (UCV) taken with the  drum and captured drumsticks he
carried during the War Between The States.
(Photograph courtesy of the Darlington (SC) Historical Society)
In Darlington, South Carolina, there is a marker dedicated to Henry "Dad" Brown, a local resident and free person of color who served as a veteran in three American wars: the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), the War Between The States/Civil War (1861-1865), and the Spanish-American War (1898)

Brown served as a musician for the 8th & 21st South Carolina regiments where he received payment of $12.00 a month. The Confederate Congress authorized salaries for black musicians in the Confederate military in 1862, it specified that they were to receive the same rate of pay as white army musicians, stating "whenever colored persons are employed as musicians in any regiment or company, they shall be entitled to the same pay now allowed by law to musicians regularly enlisted."

Pay voucher showing Henry Brown receiving $54 dollars for service with
Company F, 8th SC Infantry between January 1 - May 15, 1862.

During the war, Brown served in several battles on the line with the 8th and 21st SC Infantry Regiments -- including the first battle at Manassas (Bull Run) on Sunday, July 21, 1861. It was there that Brown captured a pair of Union drumsticks after his original sticks had been damaged (one account says shot out of his hands) and used them for the remainder of the war.

After the war ended, Brown returned to Darlington and became a coroner and later as a loyal Southern Democrat supported former Confederate Lieutenant General Wade Hampton in his bid to be Governor at the end of the Reconstruction Era. As a member of the United Confederate Veterans, Brown attended every convention till his death.

Brown died in 1907 and was laid to rest beside his wife Laura at Cannon Cemetery, a small family cemetery. His funeral was attended by Darlington residents both whites and blacks, as well as the former Confederate Veterans that Brown served with. His casket was covered in a Confederate battle flag and members of the UCV acted as pallbearers.

The following articles mention the life and service of Confederate Veteran Henry "Dad" Brown from those who knew him personally, followed by a news account of his funeral:

Excerpts - The Darlington Press - November 1907
Drummer of Darlington Guards And Well Known And Highly Respected Colored Man 

On Saturday afternoon the old drummer Henry Brown, well known colored man, passed away. ...the Darlington Guards assembled at their armory and marched to the house under arms. There the Captain was requested to detail pall bearers from the ranks, which he did.
When the body was brought out, the company stood at present arms. The line of march was then taken up to the church. ...When the church was reached a representative five number of the white citizens of the town acting as pall bearers took the body into the church the Company again presenting arms.
The colored Masons...took its way to the cemetery where the rest of the masonic ritual was given...the bugler Mr. Angus Gainey sounded "taps" very softly and the Company fired three rounds over the grave. Should the stranger in our gates ask, "What mean ye by this service. Why should white people thus pay honor to a colored man?" The answer would be because he was a man. In life he was faithful to every trust, his word was his bond and not only were his friends numbered among those who live in Darlington but wherever he was known and that was throughout the length and breadth of the State.
The grave was covered with beautiful flowers, the offerings of his friends, both white and colored...
Tribute to Henry Brown From Gen. W.E. James, Who Knew Him Well
On Saturday evening Henry Brown, a most highly respected colored man, died. He had lived a long life and had been one of the land marks of this community, and from his conservative and upright life he had commanded the respect of both white and colored people. ...The Darlington Guards in full uniform with arms marched to his late residence and were placed in front of the hearse...it was determined that a number of white gentlemen should act as pall bearers---should take charge of the body and attend it from his residence to the colored Presbyterian church of which he was a member. Arriving at the church the Guards presented arms and the white pall bearers took it into the church...
Henry Brown came from Camden and had been a free man all his life...When the War broke out Henry Brown went with the Darlington Guards...and remained with that company until the 1st Regiment was disbanded. He then went with the 8th Regiment to Virginia as the drummer for that regiment. He was regularly enlisted in Company E...and he remained with that regiment till its reorganization in 1862, when all above the age of thirty-five were discharged...on the 21st of July '61 the regiment was stationed at Mitchels Ford on the South side of Bull Run. The battle began two miles above and at 12 o'clock the regiment was ordered to go where the battle was raging. As soon as the order came Henry began to beat the long roll. This indicated to a battery on the other side of the Run the position of the regiment and the shells began to fall thick and fast. It was some time before the Colonel could stop him but he was beating all the time regardless of the danger. He followed on to the battlefield and was under fire with the others.
After leaving the 8th regiment he joined Capt. S.H. Wilds' company and remained with the 21st S.C. regiment to the close of the war. 
When...the reconstruction period began...Henry was given the office of Coroner, which he held for a while, but when he saw the injuries that were being done to the white people by those men who were in office, he allied himself with the white people and remained so for the rest of his life. When Camp Darlington No. 785 U.C.V. was organized he had his name enrolled and never missed a reunion...He prided himself on being a Veteran and took great interest in the camp. We shall miss him. He has gone to join the great majority of those who marched to the tap of his drum. But we, too, shall soon follow them.

Story about Henry "Dad" Brown's funeral in Darlington written in the
(Columbia) State newspaper in November 1907.

In 2000, the city of Darlington erected a historical marker near his gravesite honoring his memory. 

SC Historical Marker honoring Confederate Veterans
Henry "Dad" Brown. Located on 204 Brockington Rd.
just off SC Hwy 52 in Darlington, SC.
Cannon Cemetery, Darlington, SC.
The grave of Confederate Veteran Henry Brown.
Note the Confederate Cross of Honor and
US Veteran markers at the foot of the grave.

United Confederate Veterans Reunion Banner.

This post is dedicated to the honored memory of Henry "Dad" Brown, United Confederate Veteran, soldier, and free Southern man, and for all of those regardless of their race, religion, or creed who served with honor in defense of South Carolina and Southern independence (1861-1865). 

Your memory will never be forgotten.

Non Sibi Sed Patriae.
Deo Vindice!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lemonade Stand Pie

The refreshing taste of a tall, cold glass of lemonade in a pie. A perfect treat for summertime down here in Dixie.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total: 4 hours 15 minutes (including freezing) 

1/3 cup Country Time Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed 
1 (6 oz.) Honey Maid Graham Pie Crust 

Place drink mix in large bowl. Add water; stir until mix is dissolved. Add ice cream. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping. Freeze, if necessary, until mixture is thick enough to mound. 

Spoon into crust.

Freeze at least 4 hours or overnight until firm. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving. Let stand at room temperature until pie can easily be cut. Store leftover pie until freezer. Makes 8 servings. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Historic Catholic Presbyterian Church In Chester County

SC Historical Marker for the historical Catholic Presbyterian
Church on SC Highway 97 in Chester County.

Chester County's historic Catholic Presbyterian Church is located off SC Highway 97 on SC Rd. 355 near the Blackstock community. 

Perhaps the oldest established churches in Chester County, the original brick meeting house built on the site of the historic Catholic Presbyterian Church was organized in 1759 by Scots-Irish settlers and formally recognized and named in 1770 by Reverend William Richardson. The church served the area's first European settlers (mostly Scots-Irish Presbyterians) and later sent a large number of soldiers and local Patriot militia from its congregation to fight in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolutionary War in the summer of 1780.

The current church building is the third built on the site. The present brick church building was completed in 1842 by an Irish immigrant named David Lyle and is still in use. The church has one of upstate South Carolina's longest records of continuous use. 

Known as the "Mother of Churches" in the area, Catholic Presbyterian was also the mother of other churches founded in Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama by former members who migrated to those states. Built  of hand-pressed brick, and displays original features like molded brick cornices, pegged front doors, pine wood floors and pews, it stands today as a good example of meeting house architecture. 

The churchyard cemetery is surrounded by a fieldstone wall and contains many old grave markers that date back to the 18th and 19th century, including several Revolutionary War soldiers and Confederate soldiers. A granite marker, erected in 1933 by Catholic's Memorial Association lists the names of sixty-two soldiers from the church who served in the American Revolutionary War. 

The first name included on this marker is the Reverend William Martin (1716 - 1806) whom I mentioned in a previous blog post delivered a fiery anti-British sermon to members of this congregation on Sunday, June 11, 1780 at another meeting site two miles east of the present-day church. He was later captured by British Legion dragoons commanded by the infamous Captain Christian Huck from the nearby Rocky Mount outpost and imprisoned at Camden for several months before being later released by General Cornwallis. Martin preached at Catholic Presbyterian for several years.

The Catholic Presbyterian Church was listed in the National Registry on May 6, 1971. Click HERE to view the nomination form.

Revolutionary War Memorial in front of the Catholic Presbyterian
Church graveyard lists the names of 62 members of the congregation
who served in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. 

These men fought in local militia companies and with General Thomas Sumter
opposing British occupiers and their Loyalist supporters throughout upstate
South Carolina and lower North Carolina in 1780-81 -- including the battles
at Ramsour's Mill,
Williamson Plantation, Rocky Mount, Hanging Rock,
Fishing Creek, Kings Mountain, Fishdam Ford, Blackstocks, and Cowpens.

In addition to the Catholic Presbyterian Church's historical significance to the local history of Chester County, this blogger also has a personal connection to this place -- both my dad and my uncle are buried in the newer part of the cemetery. 

Carl Edward Roden -- my dad. RIP
James Wesley "Cooter" Roden -- my uncle. RIP

I hope that y'all enjoyed my blog post about historic Catholic Presbyterian Church. Please leave a comment below if you have more information that I might have overlooked in my research and wish to add to the sharing of knowledge about the history of Chester County and upstate South Carolina. 

As always, y'all have a wonderful Dixie Day!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Another Regressive Wants To Destroy Confederate Monuments -- An Independence Day Special

Greetings and Salutations everyone!

On Friday, June 30th, the following story titled: Confederate Monuments and the Fourth of July appeared in the Chicago Tribune written by columnist and anti-Confederate heritage regressive Mr. Steve Chapman -- who also claims to be a Confederate descendant of a noted general no less! 

Confederate descendants who reject their ancestry, and take pains to point out their disgust with it are my favorite Leftist regressives to take apart, as I have mentioned previous on this blog. 

The subject of the recent acts of cultural genocide against symbols of Confederate heritage with the removal of several Confederate monuments in a few major cities in the South prompted this story, complete with all of the usual bullshit arguments advanced by these regressive Leftists and cultural vandals included. So I thought now would be the best opportunity to go through them point-by-point and have a little fun completely discrediting one of these arrogant regressive trolls in the process. 

As always my responses to the article are written in Confederate Red. Enjoy:

Confederate monuments and the Fourth of July
Independence Day....I hate when people just use the date. Give it the respect it deserves dude!

In 1871, the city of Richmond, Va., publicly celebrated the Fourth of July. It was an unfamiliar experience. There had been no general commemoration of Independence Day since 1860 — before Virginia had seceded from the nation that was formed in 1776. Not entirely true and I will demonstrate why shortly.
Other Southern cities were not ready to resume participation in our national ritual. Actually many places did do so during the War itself, and I would point out that New England does not own Independence Day, six Southern States: Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina and especially my home state of South Carolina had a big role in maintaining the independence that day commemorates. Few people from any of those States at the time denied that at all. Cheraw became the first place in post-Civil War South Carolina to do so, in 1891. Jackson, Miss., waited until 1901 to hold a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the occasion. Vicksburg, Miss., didn't join the party until 1945.

Humm, well dude, looks like SOME Confederates didn't quite follow this BS paradigm you
are trying to peddle. Won't argue about the others since some people did in fact refuse to
celebrate the 4th until the Spanish-American War (1898). The War Between The States did cause some really bitter feelings all around.

Staunch supporters of the Lost Cause had little fondness for the United States. The Stars and Stripes was the banner of their enemy. At the time the banner of what was then an invading country, yes. When Union troops occupied Richmond in April 1865, the first thing they did was hoist the American United States flag over the capitol. Um, that is generally what happens when someone takes an enemy position.
The die-hards recognized what some modern Southerners miss: the deep contradiction between loving America and revering the Confederacy. 

Wow guess somebody failed to inform THESE proud (and dare I say "die-hard"?) Confederate Veterans about this alleged "contradiction" between loving America and honoring their service. Buddy, your paradigms are completely hollow.
I would also add something that I have stated time and time again on this blog, something that modern regressive Leftists always fail to get: that loving America and Federal power are NOT THE SAME DAMN THING! Again y'all have no monopoly on defining what it means to BE an American.

Now let's come to the sad and silly point of this article.

The struggle over what to do with monuments to rebel leaders is a conflict between those who think what they did was admirable or heroic and those who think it was disgraceful.
I wouldn't put it in those terms exactly, all I would say is that they were not wrong to defend their home and independence from an invader and I don't apologize for that service. I would say I think their courage and heroism was admirable under the circumstances. Beyond that I do not advocate for war, even though I admire the men -- ON BOTH SIDES -- who fought.

My long-dead relatives include several men who fought for the South. One was Gen. Leonidas Polk, who commanded troops in several major battles before being killed in action. He was not the last person to illustrate that fallibility runs in the family. Nope, so far you are doing a good job demonstrating a great deal of fallibility in your research and weak attempt at propaganda.

In 1961, when I was a boy in the West Texas city of Midland, a new high school opened. It was named after Robert E. Lee, for reasons that are obvious: White resentment of the civil rights movement had produced widespread nostalgia for the Confederacy. San Antonio's Lee High School opened in 1958; Houston's in 1962. So are you about to provide evidence for your arrogant assumption that those things were done in defiance of civil rights, rather than in commemoration for the upcoming Civil War Centennial celebrations happening at the same time? Humm?

Midland Lee called its sports teams the Rebels and used the Confederate battle flag as its symbol. Black students didn't mind, because there weren't any. They attended a segregated black school. Nice virtue signaling there.
The general did have a connection to Texas. His last U.S. Army command before the Civil War was at a fort in the Hill Country town of Mason — which has no Lee monument. Gerald Gamel, editor of the Mason County News, ascribes the omission to strong anti-secession sentiment in Mason. That tells you something about why other places honor Confederate heroes. It tells me something, but I am certain you and I don't share the same conclusions fella.

His role comes to mind because of a recent rally in defense of a statue of him in Houston, which supposedly was under threat from leftists because he owned slaves. Armed counter-protesters, many expressing secessionist views, showed up on the appointed date. But the threat was a hoax, and Houston's self-styled defenders apparently didn't know that he saw disunion as treason.
Reality check: the monument defenders who showed up -- a couple of which I know well from facebook -- did so because it was the right thing to do. The destruction of those monuments is wrong-thinking virtue signaling garbage, pure and simple. Trust me they were well aware of Sam Houston's contributions to American heritage, the existence of the modern State of Texas, and his opposition to secession at the time. They just did it to defend history, that is what you miss. Some of these same people would have done the same had some group of vandals decided a statue to Martin Luther King Jr. or some other Civil Rights icon was subject to attack. 
It was. Yet grand memorials were erected across the South to celebrate what the traitors did. Secession was not legally treason until a US Supreme Court case (White Vs. Texas) ruled it unconstitutional four years AFTER the War ended. There was no court case that ruled either in favor of, nor against secession prior to that, and the US Constitution did not specifically make secession either legal or illegal. The monuments were built by whites at a time when blacks had no political power — a condition those whites were desperate to preserve.
LMAO! Oh wow! Um fella, you might wanna read the following account of the erection of one of these monuments: 

In Mississippi on February 1, 1890, an appropriation for a monument to the Confederate dead was being considered. A delegate had just spoken against the bill, when John F. Harris, a Black Republican delegate from Washington, county, rose to speak:
“Mr. Speaker! I have risen in my place to offer a few words on the bill.
I have come from a sick bed. Perhaps it was not prudent for me to come. But sir, I could not rest quietly in my room without contributing a few remarks of my own.
I was sorry to hear the speech of the young gentlemen from Marshall County. I am sorry that any son of a soldier would go on record as opposed to the erections of a monument in honor of the brave dead. And, Sir, I am convinced that had he seen what I saw at Seven Pines, and in the Seven Day’s fighting around Richmond, the battlefield covered with mangled forms of those who fought for this country and their country’s honor, he would not have made the speech.
When the news came that the South had been invaded, those men went forth to fight for what they believed, and they made not requests for monuments. But they died, and their virtues should be remembered.
Sir, I went with them. I, too, wore the gray, the same color my master wore. We stayed for four long years, and if that war had gone on till now I would have been there yet. I want to honor those brave men who died for their convictions.
When my Mother died I was a boy. Who, Sir, then acted the part of Mother to the orphaned slave boy, but my old Missus! Were she living now, or could speak to me from those high realms where are gathered the sainted dead, she would tell me to vote for this bill. And, Sir, I shall vote for it. I want it known to all the world that my vote is given in favor of the bill to erect a monument in HONOR OF THE CONFEDERATE DEAD.”
When the applause died down, the measure passed overwhelmingly, and every Black member voted “AYE.”

The sources for this story -- which is very much in the historical record of Mississippi State Legislature -- can be found HERE
In addition to your ill-informed statements, black Southerners themselves often times donated money towards the erection of these monuments of their own free will, even helped raise said money through bake sales, church fundraisers, ect. Well, you would know that if you were not trying to peddle some bullshit argument in the first place.

They failed, and they deserved to fail. God and the resources and fighting abilities of Union generals in the late period of the War saw to it they did at any rate. It's only fitting that Southerners who reject the legacies of slavery, secession and Jim Crow would prefer to be rid of these tributes to them. One cannot reject history, or the legacy of it. Even if you could somehow equate the removal of these monuments with those acts -- you cannot and have failed to do so effectively -- their removal won't alter American history. The only thing these acts seem to serve is a chance for you, a white Leftist regressive "ally" and self-hater to pat yourself on the back and claim you are not a bigot....which makes you an even bigger fool than I already think you are.
It's not a symptom of modern political correctness. Uh, yeah it is. Days after the Declaration of Independence was signed, a New York mob destroyed a statue of King George III. LOL oh this argument again. You are aware that at the time the Declaration of Independence was signed King George III was STILL ALIVE. Tearing down the statue was meant to show him that the Crown no longer ruled the colonies. Confederate monuments by contrast were put up to honor long dead people out of respect and closure for the families who lost loved ones in the War. There is a big gaping difference between the two, are you intellectually honest enough to acknowledge it?
If the men and women of the Revolution were eager to be rid of the images of those who had oppressed them and made war on America, why should African-Americans in the South feel differently about statues of leaders who fought to keep their race in chains? So now like all white Leftist regressive "allies" YOU claim to speak for all African-Americans in the South? Sorry but no son, that dog don't hunt. Be sure to check out some more really nifty photographic examples for why you are full of shit: HERE.
For a long time, American history was owned by white men and minimized the treatment of blacks, women, Indians and Latinos.  Yeah AMERICAN history was, not just Southern history. Accommodating our public spaces to their full citizenship doesn't erase history. Oh is that what you call it? I call it regression on the march. It fills in parts that had been shamefully omitted. So....removing something fills something? Um, you ever looked in a dictionary dude?
The Confederate monuments belong not in places of honor but in museums, as artifacts of past error. Your opinion, and thankfully not one shared by a significant majority in this country. They were put up to enshrine an interpretation of the past that has been discredited. See above showing why your conclusions are in error. Taking them down and putting up different statues AH! So you DO wanna fill something in? Ok, gotcha! is a reminder that in understanding the past, we shape the future. No you intellectual retard, understanding the past tells us where we have been.
If there's a statue of my relative Leonidas Polk honoring his Confederate leadership, There is indeed -- and as someone who claims knowledge of family history I'm shocked you don't know that....unless your family history isn't as fabricated as the rest of your opinion piece? I'm willing to see it pulled down. In fact, I'd like to be there to help. And I'm certain it would help you feel you have made up for some inadequacy in your shallow existence....for about two minutes or so.

Well folks, there you have it, another regressive, self-hating Confederate "descendant" called out and his narratives taken apart by the truth. In doing so I hope I have helped many of y'all learn more about why those of us who are proud descendants of Confederate soldiers continue to honor them, and more about the character of those who seek to protect and preserve historical truth rather than those who seek to take it apart with a sledge hammer. 

Have a Happy Independence Day 2017 Y'all!